Thursday, September 21, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge: Day 21

So we are 3/4 of the way through this challenge. Whew!

I've been sick the last two days. I couldn't possibly make one yesterday, but I was determined to get one posted for today. Still not 100%, but feeling better. It's back to work tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy this little one!





Tools used: 
2.5" x 2.5" canvas
Acrylic paint
Pigma Archival ink





Tuesday, September 19, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge: Day 19

So, back to my little canvases and hand lettering. I had enough time at lunch today to get this little canvas done.  I used Dick Blick Iridescent Rich Gold for the background. I mixed it with another color, but can't recall which gold color it was. I did the background at home and gave it several days to totally dry before taking it to work to complete. No glitter was used in the paint or on the background. The iridescent quality of the paint makes it sparkle naturally.




Tools Used:
3" x 3" canvas
Acrylic paint
Pigma archival ink
Glitter ink



Hope you are liking this collection!


..... and as always ..



....  KEEP ARTING!!!



Monday, September 18, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 18


So, I did something different for today. I went looking in my studio for lesson information I wanted to post on this blog and I found this piece along with other unfinished pieces. I have this bad habit of sometimes not finishing a painting or drawing I begin. This is one. I had actually done two of these pieces. One was done for a class I was teaching to show how to use the grid method as well as learning basic values . The second one I never finished.  This is the second one. I got inspired to complete the pear instead of doing one of my theme pictures for this challenge today. So, here it is.




This was done with graphite leads HB and 4B and a tortillion, plus two of my fingers. Lol!


Tools used:
Graphite leads HB and 4B
Lead holders
Tortillion
White Faber-Castell eraser
Kneaded eraser
Size: 9"x12"
Paper: Strathmore Bristol Vellum


Enjoy and as always,




....................... HAPPY ARTING!!!





Sunday, September 17, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge: Day 17

Well, it seems I did miss a couple of days in this challenge. I will try to do better for now on. Meanwhile, here is my day 17 painting.


This was painted with plush purple pearl acrylic paint for the background with some glitter brushed on over it. Everything is acrylic except for the black lines. The back strip across the kite is black sequin acrylic paint. The black lines are Pigma archival ink.  You can, of course, see the glitter much better in real life.

... and make sure you .....


........... KEEP ON ARTING!! 




Thursday, September 14, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 14

So, today is another day for simplicity.  The background is lemon chiffon pearl. No glitter at all this time, not even in the letters or decoration.



I had a hard time trying to figure out what little design might go with "peace".  I just came up with something super simple.

Tools used:
2.5" x 2.5" canvas
Acrylic paint
Pigma archival ink


Enjoy!



And as always ..............


~ HAPPY ARTING!




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 13

Here is my day 13 post of the 30-in-30 challenge.  Just a little praise and a little music. This time I used Interference Gold (fine) acrylic paint from Golden over the china blue. The colors are glitter inks.







Tools Used:
2.5" x 2.5" canvas
Acrylic paint
Pigma archival ink
Glitter inks


Now to finish the design of my painting for tomorrow..........



~  HAPPY ARTING!




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Days 11 & 12

So, to make up for missing the challenge yesterday I have done two mini-paintings today.

The first one is called Believe. The background is a baby pink with glitter. The word is done with Pigma archival ink.


The second one is called Hope. The background is pink chiffon, no glitter. The word is done with Pigma archival ink.



Tools used:
Acrylic paint
Pigma archival ink
Glitter


Enjoy, and as always .........

.... HAPPY ARTING!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge: Day 10

I got back on top of things last night and this morning and got this little one done for today's post.  I think the words say it all. Appropriate post for a Sunday, don't you think?


Again, it's a bit shiny, but I think you can see it all clearly. This time there was no glitter used. The colors of paint I used were iridescent rich gold  (Dick Blick Series 3) and Holbein's quinacridone gold. Love those colors!

Tools used:
Acrylic paint
2.5" x 2.5" canvas
Pigma archival ink


I hope you are enjoying this series of small pictures. Thank you for visiting!



~ HAPPY ARTING!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 9

Good evening everyone! Yes, I did miss yesterday, sadly. It was a rough and busy week at work and I had a few nights of insomnia so by Friday I was exhausted. Sorry guys, I just didn't get it done. I plan on making an extra one to make up for my missing day, however. For now, here (barely) is day 9.  It doesn't look as shiny and glittery as it really is.







The dark looking things on the canvas is actually gold glitter, but in the lighting it seems to look like it's dirty. Lol!  The colors are a bit off too, but it's pretty close.

I thought I was going to have two done today, until my second one had to be partially redone, so maybe better luck tomorrow.

Tools Used:
2" x 3" canvas
Acrylic paint
Pigma Archival ink


Thank you for visiting and as always ......


~ HAPPY ARTING!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 7

I definitely need to practice this lettering. I don't have a steady hand apparently, but then again writing on canvas - especially with glitter in the paint - is not easy. Well, I am just learning this hand lettering after all. I have a lot to learn. Learning something new during the 30-in-30 challenge gives me a really good opportunity to do a lot of practicing. By the time I reach day 30 I should be a bit better, don't you think? At least miniature canvases are not too expensive. Lol!




I used a musical scale to the right because "joy" makes me think of singing.



Tools used:
2" x 4" canvas
Acrylic paint
Glitter
Pigma archival ink



NOTE: The colors are much richer and a bit darker in real life. My photos seem to be failing me lately.







Wednesday, September 6, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 6


Good day everyone!!!  Here is the post for day 6 of the challenge. It's a bit simple. I did not have time to put letters or words on it yet, so this is all I have for today. I'll fix it up at a later date.  Hope this will be okay for now.





Again, sorry for the glare on the canvas. I have to take these photos at night and with the glitter, etc., it's hard to avoid the glare completely.



Tools used:
2.75" x 2.75" Canvas
Acrylic paint
Glitter


And as always...........   HAPPY ARTING EVERYONE!



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 5

Day 5 painting for the 30-in-30 challenge. This one was not the easiest painting to do. I kept doing it over and over.  Here is what I ended up with.  Sorry for the glare on the painting.



Day 5


Tools:
2"x4" canvas
Acrylic Paint
Pigma Archival Ink
Glitter

Monday, September 4, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day four

Woot! Four miniature pictures done, 26 more to do.  Here's another piece of hand lettering.



I hope some of you are also taking part in the challenge. If not, well, I hope you are at least creating a little something everyday to keep your creative juices flowing.

Can't wait to see what I will do for tomorrow. Even I don't know .... yet.

Tools Used:
Acrylic Paint
Pigma Archival Ink
2"x2" stretched canvas
Glitter


And as always ...

~ HAPPY ARTING!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Day 3

Here is my day 3 post for this month's challenge. You can actually see the glitter this time.







I think I'll be starting to do full names and maybe make them more illustrative.  Still having fun, though, experimenting with all this!

Tools:
Acrylic paint
Pigma Archival Ink
Glitter
2"x2" Stretched Canvas


Hope you're enjoying this challenge as much as I am!


~ HAPPY ARTING!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - Second Day

Here comes day two of the 30-in-30 challenge!

Day 2 of the 30-in-30  Challenge



Today is a much simpler little canvas. Very basic.

Tools:
3"x3" canvas
Acrylic paint
Pigma Archival Ink
Glitter
Sharpie Gold Metallic Pen

Tomorrow gets a little fancier, be sure not to miss it!


And as always, Keep on Arting!!!





Friday, September 1, 2017

30-in-30 Challenge - First Day!



Okay folks, this is the first day of the 30-in-30 challenge! For those of you who are reading about this for the first time, the month of September is a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. In this case, however, I am including clay creations as well, that is small ones that can be done in a day; like jewelry, small statues, etc. Afterall, that IS art is it not? For the rules, please refer to this article explaining everything.

So, one of the suggestions I made to everyone was to come up with a theme for the month, which can make creating so many pieces of art in such a short time a little bit easier.  My theme is something different for me: hand lettering.  I started doing this (not knowing it was a thing called "hand lettering" at the time) last Christmas when I came up with the idea of creating miniature canvases to be used as gift tags with peoples names on them.  The idea went over well with the recipients so I've decided to do it again this year.  For this month, however, since I work so much outside of my home, I am making it a bit easier on myself by doing some "hand lettering", i.e. fancy letters often times accompanied with a picture or illustration. So, some days will just be a letter, some days a whole word or name, and maybe some days something else entirely. So yes, I am winging it.

 Last year I focused more on the background and just wrote the letters out as stylistically as I could. This time I have done some research on hand lettering and have practiced a wee bit ahead of time.  Hopefully it will all turn out all right in the end. This way of doing fancy letters is totally new to me, so let's just see where it leads me.

Posted at the beginning of this article is my first miniature canvas for the month. As you can see, I am not going in order of the alphabet. Again, winging it. I may not even do all of the alphabet, who knows? This was made on a 3"x3" miniature canvas with an acrylic background and Pigma Micron archival ink. I added quite a bit of glitter to the acrylic paint so it was rough going to use the pen over it to make the letter and dots. Lots of fun to make, simple and fairly quick.

I hope you enjoy this month of art, but I hope even more that some of you will join in with me!

And be sure to check out Leslie's 30-in-30 blog, which is the group I have joined in this challenge. So I will be posting my work here, and I invite any else who wants to join in to post theirs here as well. I will also be posting my painting each day over on Leslie's blog as well, and I will try to remember to include my facebook art page too.

Please enjoy and feel free to add your comments. After this month is over, I hope to go back to adding more drawing lessons to this page as I had been doing in the past. So be sure to come back in October to check them out!

As always .........

~ Happy Arting!